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Prosecutors still looking to interview 15 people in helicopter case

The economic damage to the state due to cost overruns in the rentals is estimated at more than $10 million.

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Of the 18 people who have been identified in the scandal surrounding the rental of helicopters at inflated rates during the previous government, Anti-Corruption Prosector Vielka Broce has interviewed only three of them.

The people who have been interviewed are former National Aid Program (PAN) Director Rafael Guardia Jaén, former Minister of Social Development Guillermo Ferrufino and business owner Fotis Lymberópulos. 

The companies involved in the investigation are Love Aviation Inc., Cabin Corp., Heli Fly Panamá, S.A., and Aviones y Partes.com Panamá, S.A. The government allegedly paid $3,000 an hour to rent the helicopters, when the market rate is $1,800. The comptroller has estimated the economic damage to the state to be $10.1 million.

Among those still to be interviewed are a number of former government officials, including ministers.

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